ADAS”S SUGGESTION that winter wheats may need less plant growth regulator this season is being greeted with surprise by some agronomists.

ADAS says soils are relatively dry. Crops are short and backward, but have rooted well during the mild winter, which supplied plenty of nitrogen, it adds.

The view of Banks Cargill”s Bob Mills – backed by TAG, Masstock and AICC specialists – is that despite recent cold weather there are plenty of early sown, thick crops with high tiller counts which will need PGR care.

“After last harvest the last thing that people will want to be doing is reducing their PGR inputs,” says Mr Mills.